from the left, Mark Bamford, Lord Bamford and Jo Bamford unveil the bust of JCB's founder

from the left, Mark Bamford, Lord Bamford and Jo Bamford unveil the bust of JCB's founder

The centenary of the birth of UK manufacturer JCB’s founder has been marked with the unveiling of a specially-commissioned bronze bust.

Joseph Cyril Bamford was born on June 21, 1916. When he retired in 1975 and handed over to his son Anthony, the company he founded in a lock-up garage in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, UK, in October 1945, was turning over more than £43 million (€56 million) a year and employing hundreds of people.

His sons Lord Bamford and Mark Bamford, and his grandson Jo Bamford, marked the centenary of his birth by unveiling the one and a quarter scale bronze bust at JCB’s World HQ in Rocester.

The bust, which will be on permanent display at JCB’s World HQ, weighs around 50kgs and stands around 700mm high.

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